Stamford, CT – A convicted felon who allegedly threatened to open fire on law enforcement officers if they came to his residence was found to have built a cement bunker around his bed inside his home.
The investigation into 30-year-old Nick Kowaleski began at approximately 12 p.m. on Wednesday, when Stamford police received a report of a disturbance at his Pepper Ridge residence, the Connecticut Post reported.
According to the caller, Kowaleski was arguing with a woman and threw water on her.
As officers were en route to the scene, they were advised that Kowaleski, who had previously been convicted of a felony count of violating a protective order, was likely in possession of multiple firearms.
Police also learned that the suspect had previously threatened to initiate a shootout with law enforcement officers if they ever came to his home, and that he had built a concrete bunker around his bed in anticipation of a potential gun battle, the Connecticut Post reported.
Officers located a cache of weapons inside Kowaleski’s residence, including a machete, pellet guns, brass knuckles, crossbows and longbows.
Witnesses’ statements about the cinder-block bunker around the convicted felon’s bed were also found to be accurate.
“The uniformed officers and their supervisor kept peeling this case back and found the bunker and gun and did an excellent job on this,” Stamford Police Chief Richard Conklin told the Connecticut Post. “It is certainly concerning to find bunkers built around someone’s bed and many people said he was doing this in case he got into a shootout with police. He is facing some very heavy charges.”
Investigators located a Kel-Tec, Sub 200 semi-automatic rifle behind the suspect’s refrigerator, as well as approximately 250 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
The rifle is illegal to possess under Connecticut law, let alone by a convicted felon.
Investigators recovered two other rifles that Kowaleski allegedly stored at another home, the Connecticut Post reported.
He was arrested on charges of possession of an assault weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, and disorderly conduct, and was booked into jail on a $100,000 bond.